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Title: Fundamental movement skills, physical activity and obesity from early to late childhood
Author: Foulkes, J. D.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 2487
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2017
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Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are a vital part of a child’s development, which allow them to advance on to more complex movements, resulting in them functioning successfully in their daily lives and when participating in sports and physical activity. Despite the importance of FMS, previous studies have routinely found children to have low competency levels. Further research on competency levels in this area is required, specifically among UK children, as data on FMS proficiency and FMS interventions is dominated by research from Australia and North America. As such, the aims of this thesis were to a) document the level of FMS competency of preschool children from a highly deprived area of Northwest England, b) determine the effectiveness of a six-week Active Play intervention on FMS competency among preschool children from a highly deprived area of Northwest England, c) examine the relationship between FMS competency, physical activity and weight status over a five-year period between preschool and late primary among children from a highly deprived area of Northwest England and finally, d) gain the thoughts and opinions of experts and practitioners in order to help inform the development of an appropriate intervention to increase the physical literacy of preschool children.
Supervisor: Knowles, Z. ; Foweather, L. ; Fairclough, S. J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: RC1200 Sports Medicine ; RJ101 Child Health. Child health services